Gallery: Geodesic Dome Treehouse Made by a 23 Year Old

 

As a nod to childhood treehouses and those good old days of youthful splendor, Dustin Feider obsessed himself with developing the perfect eco-friendly version of the tree sanctuary. After much trial and error, the 23-year old freelance furniture designer came up with a unique and green take on the conventional kiddie sanctuary which he dubbed the O2 Sustainability Treehouse. Inspired by the construction of Buckminster Fuller’s infamous geodesic dome, Feider discovered that by following Bucky’s lead, he could use less material and construct a more stable structure than that of the ‘traditional’ treehouse – most importantly, without at all harming the tree.

Feider’s makeshift abode truly stands out, particularly at night, when the translucent 1/16th inch triangulated polypropylene panels that make up the structure appear to glow from within. Half of the panels open up, allowing for ample air circulation as well as a gorgeous lightshow during sunset when the treehouse casts purple-ish shadows. All the materials used for the treehouse are entirely recycled – and while the original O2 Sustainability Treehouse is 13 feet wide, interiors and sizes can be customized according to customer specifications.

We’ve mentioned the O2 Sustainability Treehouse before, but recently spotted these gorgeous new photos and wanted to highlight them again.

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16 Comments

  1. karenart February 1, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Magical! Wonderful design who doesn’t love a tree house. Great job Dustin. Can you show us pictures of the inside? How long did this take to construct? sustainable design architects

  2. Drop September 20, 2008 at 4:05 am

    it’s a very good idea
    The tree-house, my favorite topic, let us together make house-sphere of steel wire and clay in Russia and Ukraine

  3. Dawn March 8, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! Happen to come across this surfing the web and thought it was so cool! Can’t wait to email it to all my friends and family!

  4. sarah October 10, 2007 at 11:14 pm

    any objections to me putting your tree house in one of my paintings?

  5. ammy August 13, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    cool!!!!

  6. Dustin Feider July 30, 2007 at 2:10 pm

    Give me a call. 612 636-6656

  7. deepthi July 28, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    hey its really gr8………. i would like to know more techniques and methos of doing this type of architeture…….. more innovative methods

  8. Jakub July 2, 2007 at 9:22 am

    Hello, we would like to publish these pictures in our magazine for children called ABC.
    Would you mind you could contact us please?

  9. Eric June 11, 2007 at 12:56 pm

    One beautiful tree and this ugly parasitic thing on it, visible from miles around ?

    False good idea.
    I would be like putting a hammock in a Japanese garden.

    Leave the trees alone, please. Green building should be *discrete* above all !

  10. Dustin Feider April 4, 2007 at 1:28 pm

    Thank you everyone for your very gracious comments. Go to my site where you can download a PDF with more info on how the structure hangs in the tree and how the treehouse can be customized using all sustainable materials ( recycled,recycleable,reuse). The structure starts at $6,800 and goes up from there.
    Thanks

  11. Pinks March 26, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    intriguing. would love to commission one for our camp for kids.
    any cost estimates available?!
    awesome

  12. dyan March 21, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    Love it!!!

  13. Jorge Forni March 16, 2007 at 11:58 pm

    The idea is great. I think is easy to get better.
    Stuart, i live in a sismic country, it’s all about the structure, for a storm you must to put in there the rigth materials, it depends of the place in the world where it is.

    It’s a very good idea.

  14. Stuart Vail March 16, 2007 at 2:10 pm

    I love it! But, what happens in a storm? I have a great tree for this, but sometimes we get 50 MPH winds and I think that the structure would get crushed by the moving branches.

  15. dr. miguel stroe March 16, 2007 at 9:28 am

    ARE THE KITS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE? IF SO WHAT IS THE PRICE?

    DR. M. STROE

  16. Bosda Di'Chi March 16, 2007 at 8:33 am

    Fit for Ewoks.

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